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German EGB-Fallschirmjägerzug (2016) 

By Brendan Matsuyama, Editor

The following is the German EGB-Fallschirmjägerzug organization as of 2016. They are more highly trained paratroopers, roughly equivalent to U.S. Army Rangers in capability. The next level up is the Fallschirmjäger-Kommando-Kompanie, which consists of a company headquarters, 3 platoons (zug), and 1 heavy weapons platoon. There are two companies in each of Germany's two Fallschirmjägerregiment (being the 2nd and 3rd companies of the regiments), with each regiment also having an additional standard 3 paratrooper companies and a number of support and staff companies.

Contents:

  1. Organization

  2. Additional Equipment

  3. Poster/Prints

  4. Sources

 

Organization

  • Type: Airborne Light Infantry Company

  • Origin: Heer (Germany)

  • Time Frame: 2016

  • Personnel: 0-1 Officers and 35-36 Enlisted

  • Vehicles: 4 TPz Fuchs or 7-8 ATF Dingos [A]

​→ Platoon Headquarters (Zugtrupp) (0-1 Officers and 5-6 Enlisted) [B] 

  • 1× Platoon Leader (Zugführer), 1 per company is a Leutnant or Oberleutnant (OF-1) while 2 per company are Hauptfeldwebel (OR-7) or Stabsfeldwebel (OR-8), armed with 1 G36K rifle or 1 MP7A1 PDW and 1 P8 pistol

  • 1× Radio Operator (Funker), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle and 1 P8 pistol

  • 1× Machine Gunner (MG-Schütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 MG4 light machine gun and 1 P8 pistol

  • 1× Rifleman/Grenadier (Gewehrschütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle with AG36 UGBL and 1 P8 pistol

  • 2× Riflemen (Gewehrschütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle with AG36 UGBL and 1 P8 pistol

​→ 3× Paratrooper Groups (Fallschirmjägergruppe) (10 Enlisted each)

  • 1× Group Leader (Gruppenführer), a Feldwebel (OR-6) to Hauptfeldwebel (OR-7), armed with 1 G36K rifle and 1 P8 pistol

  • 1× Deputy Group Leader (Stellvertretender Gruppenführer), a Hauptgefreiter (OR-3) to Unteroffizier (OR-5), armed with 1 G36K rifle and 1 P8 pistol

  • Alpha Team
    • 1× Machine Gunner (M.G.-Schütze)​, a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 MG4 light machine gun and 1 P8 pistol

    • 1× Panzerfaust Operator (Panzerfaustschütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle, 1 P8 pistol, and 1 Panzerfaust 3 disposable rocket launcher

    • 1× Rifleman/Grenadier (Gewehrschütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle with AG36 UGBL and 1 P8 pistol

    • 1× Rifleman (Gewehrschütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle and 1 P8 pistol
       

  • Bravo Team

    • 1× Machine Gunner (M.G.-Schütze)​, a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 MG4 light machine gun and 1 P8 pistol

    • 1× Panzerfaust Operator (Panzerfaustschütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle, 1 P8 pistol, and 1 Panzerfaust 3 disposable rocket launcher

    • 1× Rifleman/Grenadier (Gewehrschütze), a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G36K rifle with AG36 UGBL and 1 P8 pistol

    • 1× Sharpshooter (Scharfschütze)[C], a Obergefreiter (OR-3) to Oberstabsgefreiter (OR-4), armed with 1 G28 marksman rifle and 1 P8 pistol

[A] If mounted in a TPz Fuchs 6x6 armored personnel carrier, vehicle crews would be drawn directly from the platoons. It would take 4 TPz Fuchs to mount the entire platoon, with one vehicle per group. If the platoon was mounted in ATF Dingo MRAPs, it the platoon would be mounted in roughly 7-8 vehicles with roughly one vehicle per team.

[B] Each company has 3 platoons and a company headquarters. One platoon is commanded by an officer (a leutenant or oberleutnant) while two platoons are commanded be a staff NCO (typically a hauptfeldwebel or stabsfeldwebel).
 

[C] The sharpshooter/designated marksman may also be a rifleman depending on availability, mission parameters, and personal choice. By the same token, there be more than one G28 or other rifles, such as modernized G3s, depending on the same factors. Individuals armed with marksman rifles attended a designated marksman course.

 

Additional Equipment

  • Additional weapons available to each platoon troop depending on personal preference and mission parameters:

    • 2​× MP7A1 personal defense weapon (most likely issued to the driver for the group's vehicle)

    • 1× Panzerfaust 3 disposable rocket launcher

    • 1× MG5 general-purpose machine gun
       

  • Additional weapons available to each group depending on personal preference and mission parameters:

    • 2​× MP7A1 personal defense weapon (most likely issued to the drivers for the group's vehicles)

    • 1× MG82A1 anti-materiel rifle

    • 1× MG5 general-purpose machine gun
       

  • There is photographic evidence of the use of ​modern G3 rifles by the EGB in the place of the machine gun in Afghanistan.

Available Prints:

 
 

Sources

  • Kommando-International Special Operations Magazine, Issue No.6 (Nov/Dec. 2016)
     

  • Consultation with former Fallschirmjäger heavy weapons platoon officer

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